R&D Gueuze | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
1,900 bottles
Brewed March 24, 2009
Bottled August 6, 2010

Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels, then bottle fermented.

Added by alcstradamus on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
28
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 97
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a 2015 review. This is from notes that I found of several beers tasted in 2010 when this was freshly released.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared at 60º since the release in hopes of some bug development.

Decanted into a tulip glass at 52º, cool not cold. Frothy white foam rises and sticks a little to the glass. Bright clarity, it has a fossilized amber orange jewel tone. Some visible carbonation can be seen rising in trails from below.

Soft vanilla and apple tartness in the nose, also some white wine minerality. Clean, some vague indication of "wildness" though not especially funky at all. A bit too restrained, but still pleasant.

Crisp green apple tartness, juicy but not puckering. Wet hay and apple orchard impressions. Not especially funky, tart not sour. Crisp and dry feel, quenching. Cider and champagne come to mind. The apple dominates and there isn't much nuance or complexity from the barrel unfortunately. Brettanomyces is in here? Could have fooled me... Would like to see more oak, Brett, something funky in the ballpark of a traditional Gueuze. This is easy drinking, and tasty for what it is, but this pilot batch isn't worth jumping through hoops for. Hoping future incarnations bring the unbridled funk, and perhaps more cellar time will be beneficial for this batch.

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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a head, which after a careful pour, rose to two fingers; nice clumpage around the chalice, though the retention was not particularly long

Smell: Lactic yoghurt, apple skins, lemons and barnyard funk

Taste: All of the elements of the aroma come together right up front, leaving an overwhelming impression of tart yoghurt, with an oaky/vanilla character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness lifts up another notch and the finish is very acidic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth-puckering

Drinkability: Despite the label, BA characterizes this as an American Wild; I agree with that and that is how I will rate it - top notch in that category

Thanks, DP34, for the opportunity

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy yellowish amber with a half finger of white head. This one has some decent retention.

Smell: Crisp and vinegary, more sour than funky. There is a lot of oak with some fruity notes in the smell as well.

Taste: Sour vinegar and white wine up front. A bit funky, nice and crisp. The finish is a bit mild/watery given the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but given the hype and ratings behind it, I was hoping for a bit more. I would have liked the flavor to be a bit more aggressive in the finish.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color beer with a large foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light funky notes with some tart notes and light oak notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some funky ester with some oak and tart notes that are all well balanced between each others. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well balanced and easily drinkable

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both nerd and Arbitrator for sharing bottles.

Golden-amber, fairly clear and bright with a small white head. The aroma is interesting, very musty and cheesy, almost salty; the lactic quality reminds me distinctly of sour cream. There's also a solid foundation of damp oak. The palate is quite sour up front, very lactic and even a bit creamy. Lemony with musty/funky oak, grain husk and cheesy lactic acid. Light in body, pretty refreshing and unusual. Lactic and lemony finish with a lingering sour cream character. Pretty enjoyable overall, clearly not an authentic gueuze, but even taken as an American sour it doesn't quite stack up against the best.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abbey Snifter.

Pours about a finger of clean white head. Fades down a bit but good retention from there. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is a bright golden orange.

Aroma: Very sweet with a lot of fruit flavors. I get a lot of muskmelon flavors and lemon citrus. A bit of funk, but mainly sour. A hint of tart cherries. The funk comes at the very end and isn't too apparent.

Taste: Fairly tart and sour with a dry funkiness to it. The fruits are more sweet with the melon sticking out the most. Some light medicinal flavors with hints of horseblanket. Lemon zest and cherries. It has some oak showing. It is pretty good, but different from Belgian gueuzes. The aftertaste of sharp cheese or basement musk.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a mild funkiness. A bit fizzy with a medium amount carbonation. A lighter body for this one. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, I like the classification of American wild ale on this one. It has a few differences that really make it hard to compare to something like cantillon classic. It is a really nice beer, however. Pretty drinkable. I am really happy to see something like this made in the midwest.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a bit of a white head. Smell immediately makes quite a bit of funk apparent, although it's not nearly as integrated as I get from the exemplars of the style. A bit of hay and ever-so-slight sourness. Taste brings forth a bit of horse blanket and some dry wheat. Hopefully it's just the age, but it's not terribly complex at this stage. This carries over into the mouthfeel, which isn't nearly as dry and funky as many Belgian counterparts. Drinkability is good, and I'm left wondering what this might become; or, better yet, what New Glarus might end up making if it continues down this road and creates a larger number of barrels/batches to blend.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

overall this was a very solid beer, i much more preferred the bourbon kriek, but this was still very, very good.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate(?) for sharing this a 500 ml into cervoise.

The color is a beautiful golden shade with excellent clarity and a thick cap of white which looks fluffy with very fine beading and carbonation visibly streams from the center of the glass. The smell is herbal and toasty iwth fruity sourness and light tinge of rind with a tropical fruit sweet tinge and light wood accent.

the Taste is somewhat spicy with a gentle fruity tinge, not specifically sour but lightly sour in its own way with slight hints of tropical fruit augmenting with a nice wood component and mild dry oaky essence that compliments with a hint of tea-like tannic flavor. This is a really good beer, nice blend of many components makes for a complex taste. Dry herbal, juicy and slight tropical with a mild funk and light sour is a nice list of attributes to have. Overall I think it exceeds the drinkabililty and quality of the R& D Golden, not sure why it is rated lower -different strokes I guess.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this "gueuze".

A: The pour is a golden orange color, much like the real thing, with an initially fluffy white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam.

S: A soft, but enjoyable, funk character to this beer. Mostly grass and straw notes with a slight lactic tartness. There is a bit of an apple juice character that provides some sweetness, but also some green apple for some more mild acidity.

T: The tartness is moderate, not quite as intense and puckering as many a traditional gueuze, but sufficient. Lemon and green apple provide some fruit notes, and a bit of a grassy character is present. There is an unfortunate metallic aftertaste, however.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite appropriate. Medium body with a high carbonation that really resembles a true gueuze quite well.

D: Of course, I'd still prefer to open up a Cantillon Gueueze or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, but this was a good effort. The metallic quality sort of ruined it, though.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the Kriek.

A - Pours golden straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving patchy lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light funk and sourness, dash of herbs, green apples, oak and some wet straw. Compared to the others we opened this ones nose wasn't as good.

T - Starts off with bright lactic sourness kick quickly giving way to hints of barnyard funk, green apples, lemon zest, oak and a touch of spice. Not as sour as I was expecting, also a slightly metallic flavor develops as it warms. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart feel that lingers through the finish. Nice and soft at the start growing a bit watered down toward the end of the glass.

O - Second time I have had this one, once fresh and once aged, and I have enjoyed it both times, altho I think I preferred it fresh. The flavors where mild and it was easy to drink. I would recommend it.

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3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony!

The beer appears clear and golden. Don't blink or you'll miss the head, as it fades instantly, leaving nary a trace of its existence. The beer has but a few bubbles and appears low in carbonation. This is an appearance I would expect from a very old gueuze. Hmm. The beer is more sweet than sour, which is the polar opposite of my personal preference. That being said, it tastes pretty good for what it is. True to form, this is another New Glarus beer that is just too sweet. A few ounces was plenty. This is not what I would consider a gueuze.

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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a taster. The brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth. As the cap fades, it leaves some spotty to patchy lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives the head.

The smell of this brew is briney like olives mixed with some lemon and funk. Oak is present with a spiced aspect almost like vanilla and cinnamon. Some notes of vinegar come out as it warms. I'm not sure if it is the type of oak or level of char to the barrel but I've noticed a similarity here in other barrel aged bees that comes across with almost an incense aspect about the nose. Not bad, just a little ackward for the style.

The taste includes an immediate barrel ages presence of vanilla and cinnamon. It had almost a sweet tea flavor about it. Some mild sourness mixes with some tangy notes of mild apple cider vinegar. There is a hint of nail polish remover across the back which intertwines with some dirty diaper aspect and tannic nature from the barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking and a very unique take on the style. It has a big focus on the barrel aging which I found enjoyable in its own right but distracting from what I like most about the Geuze style. This is worth a try if you get the chance but not traditional by any means. I was appreciative for the chance to try this, thanks Nate.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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